I am writing a game and when the player gains a weakness I want to send them a message but I don't know the correct word to put of effected or affected. I know one is a noun and one is a verb but I don't understand which to use in my case.

'You were effected due to low temperatures'


'You were affected due to low temperatures'

Which would be the correct one?

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    – Jim
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:38
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    When you looked those words up in a dictionary, what did it tell you? Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:46
  • @Cascabel It said one is a verb and one is a noun but I didn't understand how to use it in my case.
    – Dan
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:47
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    You should include that in your question...right now it looks like you are using us as GR. Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:49
  • This is one of the most common English questions that ever get asked. Your player was "affected" by the hazardous "effect" of very low temperature.
    – Zebrafish
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 21:04

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The second one is correct. An “effect” (noun) is what “affects” (verb) something. “Affect” and “effect” are both nouns and verbs, but “effect” is almost always used as a noun, while the noun form of “affect” is chiefly used in psychology. Thus, in common parlance, “affect” is generally a verb and “effect” is generally a noun. This may help you understand better.

  • Do you mean the second one as in the title for 'effected' or second sentence 'affected'?
    – Dan
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:46
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    @Dan The second sentence you provided.
    – user305707
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:47
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    @Dan Also, if you go to Merriam-Webster’s page for “affect,” there is an Ask the Editor video which succinctly explains the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
    – user305707
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 20:49

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